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Topic - Dan Ashe
The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states.
The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charged Wednesday.
The Obama administration backtracked Wednesday and announced it will not declare the dunes sagebrush lizard an endangered species, saying voluntary efforts by New Mexico and Texas have headed off the need for the federal government to step in.
Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe says water and sediment that once flowed down the Mississippi River are now creating habitat for the interior least tern, pallid sturgeon and fat pocketbook mussel.
"As a result, we cannot move forward with our planned 2014 implementation ... therefore (we) must implement a strategy to reduce NDHS operations without facility closures in FY 2014."